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Updates to Retired 4 Hire


Hi #NAME#,

we are working hard to make this website work for you… 

Recently we have changed email alerts to include the message and also a “report as spam” button to help stop unwanted email activity… If you believe someone is using the system inappropriately please report them and they will be dealt with… In addition a new limit of 10 initial contact emails has been imposed… We hope this improves your experience…

We have also added social media sharing buttons to the jobs section to help spread the news…

The website will be completely revised next year… so please make any suggestions of things you would like to see improved…


Other News


we are very please to have BP on board… BP are looking for diverse groups to join their workforce… so please keep any eye out for their ads!



Chris, Hagen and Louise



We’re in the Telegraph!


Hi #NAME#,

We’re really excited this week because we’ve had a fantastic article in the Telegraph feature us. Big deal huh?


You may have already seen it if you follow us on Facebook (if not then click HERE to do so), but here it is again for this who haven’t. There’s lots of interesting thoughts in there about how retirement can be a really exciting time for trying new ventures and rediscovering what you love.

We’ve got quite a few exciting press opportunities coming up so keep an eye out in your daily paper for more updates from us. We’re so thrilled to be getting national exposure and growing the site – the more people that are on there the better it is for everyone – so please do refer your friends and make sure your profile is up to date.

Happy reading!

Chris, Hagen and Louise



We need your help to get in the Guardian

Hi #NAME#,

We’ve been approached by the Guardian newspaper with the opportunity to be featured in a piece they’re writing about retirement age and working in retirement. The journalist specifically needs someone aged 75 to talk about when they decided to retire and why, as well as a bit about working in retirement. If this is you we need your help! It would be a huge boost for us to get a mention in such a reputable paper so if you’re interested please reply to this email asap. The piece will most likely be filled in the next 48 hours so if you do want to help us please get in touch.

In the mean time – keep an eye out in the next few newsletters for exciting updates on all our new features and plans for 2016.

Thanks for all your support,

Chris, Hagen and Louise



An online social network for retired people


Dear #NAME#,



Who Or What Is OAPSchat?
OAPSchat stands for Optimistic and ProActive Seniors Chat. Loneliness is a big scourge on our society worldwide and the website helps combat this awful isolation by coming together and sharing our thoughts and ideas.

Let Me Introduce Myself!
Hi, my name is Janice and I am the founder of OAPSchat was born in April 2013 as a Facebook page. One lunchtime, my family and I were talking about the lack of websites for over fifty fives. So I decided to look into this more thoroughly. There are a few, but they are celebrity based or specific to grandparents etc.

I Developed A Facebook Page
I decided to launch an OAPSchat FB page and post and comment about the silver and golden years. A blog was set up and I started to write weekly columns on health, finance, lifestyle issues, relationships, memories and much more. The FB page grew slowly at first, but gradually I was having more and more likes. The Daily Mail mentioned me twice in 2013 and more likes followed.To date there are over 1230.

Then I Launched My First Ever Website At Age 58!
It was in November 2013 that I decided I had enough material and confidence to launch the website. Since then, I have been writing articles on all kinds of topics. I now have over ninety wonderful contributors to date and articles on all different subjects are posted on an almost daily basis.

How Do People Join In?
Registration is FREE and it only takes a couple of minutes to join. Simply follow this link.

Members can comment via disqus, FB and Twitter. To date there are 760 articles and this figure is growing daily. If you do not belong to Facebook or Twitter, you can still view all the articles for FREE.

Raffles are held most weeks. Firms, shops, businesses, authors and many others donate prizes. A newsletter goes out once a month with my plans for the coming weeks. To be eligible for the raffles, registration is necessary for automatic entry to ALL draws.

I am an Independent Happy List Winner 2014 for founding the website.

OAPSchat is well and truly born now and I hope it will continue to thrive. With your support, I’m confident it will!

Untitled-3Meeting up with fellow OAPSchatters

Have a fantastic week! Chris, Hagen and Louise


January 2016 Newsletter – Time for some film night inspiration?


Dear #NAME#, Happy New Year!

This week we saw The Intern, and were so excited to share it with all of you. If you haven’t seen it already we’d highly recommend it – it’s the story of a fast growing tech firm who decide to hire ‘senior interns’ over 60 years old. We won’t give it all away, but it’s safe to say it’s a bumpy road and in the end everyone learns something from each other. A great watch!



Have a fantastic week! Chris, Hagen and Louise


Why do you love us?


Dear #NAME#,

Just before our main news item we should you may want to know – one of the country’s most admired home care agencies, Home Instead Senior Care are recruiting part time, care staff in Kingston, to help older people live independently… Care levels vary from more challenging, to light duties EG making tea and having a chat… Pay £9 per hour + benefits, 10-20 hours per week.
If your manner is warm and you are adaptable, please contact Mike on 0208 942 4137


Reading this article in The Guardian got us thinking that we’d love to hear from you about what made you sign up for Retired4Hire? We have all kinds of members and we’d love to know your story – are you looking for extra income for day to day, or a holiday fund, or are you searching for new experiences or connections? It’s amazing what extending your employment into retirement can do. It’s not only great for your health, both physically and mentally, but extra income and community involvement can open up a whole new world of experiences and opportunities so we’re really excited to hear about all your great experiences.

“A long-term study of 1,000 men and women born in 1920 found that working after retirement was associated with living longer. The participants joined the study at 70 and were tracked for 14 years. Of the 1,000 people studied, those who continued to work at 70 and beyond were 2.5 times as likely to be alive at 82.” If you’re looking for some extra cash for a holiday of a lifetime, or even just to replace your favourite pair of shoes, we’re here to help. We’ve been working hard at getting lots of new roles listed on the site, and are now partnering with a employment agencies to list their jobs with us. So, keep checking back regularly to see if anything strikes your fancy… you never know what you might find.


Have a fantastic week! Chris, Hagen and Louise


March Retired4Hire Newsletter – Spring Clean Your Life



  Dear #NAME#, welcome to March! Hope your 2015 is going brilliantly so far. Spring Clean season is upon us again and so this is a great chance to tidy up / update your Retired 4 Hire profile as well as your house! Here are some of our top tips on having an effective home clear out:  

1. Breakdown
No – don’t have a breakdown! But it’s often helpful to break the house down into rooms or sections and just tackle one at a time. Don’t think about the next task, and don’t worry about the whole journey. Maybe do one room a night instead of trying to do the whole house in a weekend and burning out/procrastinating.
2. Reward
Set yourself a reward for once you’ve completed your goal. Maybe the satisfaction will be enough – but a chocolate bar or dinner date can’t hurt either to keep you on track!
3. Declutter
Get an empty box/bag and put as many things as you can in it to go to the charity shop (or bin depending on the quality). If you have less clutter there’s less to clean! Try to be ruthless, and maybe even get someone else to help push you. Remember – if you haven’t used it within the past year it’s not worth keeping.
4. Rearrange
Have some fun and move around your furniture! Maybe buy yourself some new storage solutions to help keep clutter/paperwork at bay. It’s amazing how you can make a place feel like new just by a few small changes.
5. Maintain
Once you’re finished just sit back and know you’re in the clear now for another year… just kidding – try to maintain what you’ve done. It’s much easier to throw away a few unwanted items a week, put things back where they belong, and run round with a duster occasionally, than it is to do a big annual clean. Keep motivated all year and you’ll thank yourself next March.


In terms of your R4H profile: we find that if you include an image you’re much more likely to get contacted – so go ahead and put up a nice smiley picture! We’d also recommend checking your skills are up to date – maybe you’ve got a hobby you’ve never considered as being profitable before like gardening, photography, or knitting – add them all and maybe someone will want you to teach them or do a job for them! Don’t ask don’t get….Happy cleaning,

Chris, Hagen and Louise

p.s. We have recently come across a wonderful site called Retirement Reinvented. They aim to make better use of the skills and

experience of over 50s by collecting relevant resources on activities, employment, and articles. It’s a great place for finding information that’s been curated exactly with you in mind!


Happy Valentines from Retired4Hire

Dear #NAME#, 
Happy Valentines from Chris, Hagen and Louise!

We hope you have a great day, and spend it with someone special. We wanted to check in with another monthly update and see how you’re getting on with our site? If there’s anything you need help with or you’d like to suggest to us, just pop an email over to

Perhaps now you’re retied your priorities may have changed, and you’re looking for employment that is flexible, casual, or in addition to your existing work. Retired4Hire is set up exactly with you in mind – so make sure your profile is up to date with all your skills, a little ‘welcome’ note for potential readers, and of course a picture. We find it makes a big difference to your success rate if you include a pic, so don’t be shy! Let’s avoid too many blind dates…


Happy Valentines, Chris, Hagen and Louise

January Retired4Hire Newsletter

Dear #NAME#, Happy 2015! 

Now that it’s reaching the end of January we thought we’d check in and see how your New Year’s Resolutions were doing? We want this to be your best year yet, and hopefully Retired4Hire will help you get there. We’re certainly excited about all the things we’ve got planned, and want to reach even more people this year to help them achieve their potential. So, if you’re on track with your Resolutions then congrats – keep up the great work! But if not, we wanted to share our top 5 tips to help you get back on track:



  1. Be Realistic, then Go Public 
    Make sure you set a goal that will challenge, but not deter, you: e.g. “have salad for lunch 3 times a week” – not “only eat salad for the rest of my life”. It might also help to tell other people about it, they’ll hold you accountable.
  2. Plan Ahead
    Decide your resolution before NYE (or whatever your deadline start date is) – you want it to be well thought out, not just an impulse. Then plan how you’ll avoid temptation – e.g. have a training partner who will mean you can’t bail on the gym.
  3. Reward Yourself
    Celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution. For example, if you’ve been sticking to your promise to eat better, reward yourself with new fitness clothing.
  4. Track Your Progress
    Keep track of each small success. It takes 21 days (some say 40) for a new habit to be formed so you need little motivators to help you get that far. Maybe tick off your calendar, or start a food/spending diary – anything that’ll motivate you to do it for that extra few days.
  5. Keep Trying
    Don’t worry if you’ve slipped so far, or run out of steam – just keep re-committing and reminding yourself why you started. Maybe even make a list of the ‘pro’s for your change and put it on your wall. Just take each day one at a time.


At Retired4Hire we give you the opportunity to take up a new profession for extra income, or life fulfilment. Maybe pick a new hobby today that you’d like to monetise and list yourself on there, or find someone who can teach you something new and search for them! 2015 could be your year for discovering a whole new side of yourself.Go for it! 

Chris, Hagen and Louise

Our First Newsletter – what is Retired 4 hire?

Dear #NAME#, welcome to the first ever Retired4Hire newsletter. We thought you’d like to be kept up to date with jobs and skills matching your profile, and updates on how Retired4Hire is growing. So, we’ve set up a newsletter, which will be popping into your inbox every month or two. Please see unsubscribe link in the footer if required. First of all, thanks for joining us by either listing your skills, or your job offers, we really appreciate your support.

The concept of Retired4Hire is to enable retired people who want to continue part time / freelance employment, helping you earn additional income, connect with your community, and maybe even try new skills. It’s something we’re really passionate about and think there’s a whole generation of skills going unappreciated and untapped. Hopefully Retired4Hire is the answer to that. We’d love to hear from you about your experiences so far, and any ways you think we could improve the service. We’ve already had loads of people sign up so far and been fortunate enough to be featured in the national paper Mature Times.

We’re keen to grow the community as quickly as possible to ensure you all get plenty of job offers, so please do recommend the site to your friends. We’d also recommend you adding a profile picture if you haven’t already, as it really increases your chances of being hired. Chris has made a quick explanatory video of what the site does which you might find amusing / informative:



Thanks again for the support, have a prosperous month!

Chris, Hagen and Louise